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Prof Wagstaff’s Journey

In 2007, I did a very brave (or stupid) thing. I quit my job and traveled around the country for three months. These are my journals of the trip. It was a life-changing experience and, eventually, I want to do it again. We’ll see, though. It’s less easy the older you get.

Feb. 4, 2007 — The Blank Generation
Feb. 8, 2007 — Maybe Tomorrow
Feb. 18, 2007 — People Are People
March 23, 2007 — America Is Not The World
March 28, 2007 — Dead Man’s Party
April 4, 2007 — He thought he was the King Of America
April 5, 2007 — Goodbye, Astoria
April 6, 2007 — I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
April 10, 2007 — Oh cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ won’t do no good
April 12, 2007 — Hello, my babies!
April 13, 2007 — From now on I wear my father’s gun.
April 14, 2007 — ‘Cause a Rebirth party never stops!
April 16, 2007 — Walk on gilded splinters with the king of the Zulu
April 17, 2007 — Lost In America
April 18, 2007 — I hope Neil Young will remember. Southern man doesn’t need him around anyhow.
April 20, 2007 — Hey Brother, can you spare a dime?
April 22, 2007 — Will you hide the dead man’s ghost? Or will he lie beneath the clay?
April 23, 2007 — Time and distance are out of place here.
April 24, 2007 — So that when you tire of one side, the other serves you best.
April 25, 2007 — Chahles! Get outta mah head, Chahles!
April 26, 2007 — Me and Del were singin’ little ‘Runaway.’ I was drivin’.
April 28, 2007 — ‘Equality!’ I spoke the word as if a wedding vow.
April 29, 2007 — Even Jesus would never forgive what you do
April 30, 2007 — It feels like home to me.
May 1, 2007 — ‘Liberty’ and ‘Freedom’ have to be more than just words.
May 2, 2007 — Where they have burned books, they will end in buring human beings.
May 3, 2007 — I gotta take a leak so bad I can taste it!
May 5, 2007 — I don’t know much about Cinco de Mayo.
May 6, 2007 — So you say you want a Revolution
May 8, 2007 — Nice and easy does it every time.
May 10, 2007 — They can be a great people, Kal-El. They wish to be.
May 11, 2007 — ‘Bye bye,’ says the junk in the shop window.
May 13, 2007 — Love is knowing we can be.
May 14, 2007 — There was opulence!
May 16, 2007 — I’ve walked around SoHo for the last night or so.
May 17, 2007 — You could go for a walk in Central Park or coffee at Central Perk…I just got that!
May 18, 2007 — Fog’s rollin’ in off the East River bank like a shroud it covers Bleeker St
May 21, 2007 — Chapter 1: He was too romantic about Manhattan as he was about everything else.
May 22,2007 — If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.
May 24, 2007 — I’ve seen the lights go out on Broadway
May 26, 2007 — Beautiful girls, walk a little slower when you walk by me.
May 29, 2007 — Let them brush your rock and roll hair.
May 29, 2007 — But between you and me and this Staten Island Ferry, so do I.
May 30, 2007 — Baby, this town rips the bones from your back.
June 1, 2007 — Just a come on from the whores on 7th Avenue.
June 2, 2007 — I want everything I’ve ever seen in the movies!
June 3, 2007 — The calliope crashed to the ground.
June 5, 2007 — You’d know what a drag it is to see you.
June 6, 2007 — New York, open your eyes to me.
June 7, 2007 — They don’t speak English in New York anymore?
June 8, 2007 — Harlem is the capital of every ghetto town.
June 10, 2007 — Everybody’s talkin’ at me. Can’t hear a word they’re sayin’.
June 14, 2007 — I grew up believing God keeps his eye on us all
June 16, 2007 — Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival!
June 18, 2007 — Philadelphia Freedom took me knee high to a man.
June 19, 2007 — Life is old there, older than the trees
June 20, 2007 — Oh, oh, way to go Ohio.
June 21, 2007 — We called the DOG Indiana!
June 23, 2007 — Architects may come and architects may go.
June 24, 2007 — So often you won’t even notice.
June 26, 2007 — Good feeling, won’t you stay with me just a little longer.
June 27, 2007 — Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans
June 28, 2007 — Keep pushin til it’s understood and these badlands start treating us good
June 29, 2007 — And the tears roll down my swollen cheek. I think I’m losing it. Getting weaker
July 1, 2007 — Traveling twice the speed of sound it’s easy to get burned.
July 3, 2007 — If you don’t get given you learn to take, and I will take you.
July 6, 2007 — Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend.
July 8, 2007 — You know, Billy? We blew it.
Sept 6, 2007 — The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake.
Sept 7, 2007 — And home is just a place to hang your head.
Sept 9, 2007 — And we live by the side of the road on the side of a hill as the valley exploded
Sept 11, 2007 — Soon the horse will take us to Durango.
Sept 14, 2007 — Hot chili peppers in the blisterin’ sun,